- Jamie Dickson Editor-in-chief

Welcome to Guitarist’s Guitar Buyer’s Guide 2021 featuring our pick of the best-value and best-performing electric guitars currently on the market. Our selection has been drawn from winners of our coveted Gear Of The Year award over the past two years, product round-ups in Guitarist, and from guitars that scored highly in our regular reviews. You may spot a few notable absences, especially of guitars launched in the past few months – but fear not, we’re saving some of this year’s biggest guitars for a grand reckoning in next issue’s 2021 Gear Of The Year edition. In the meantime, if you’re in the market for a great electric guitar, any one of the guitars featured in this 36-page guidebook is absolutely worth your time to check out the next time you’re in the market to pick up a new electric. The selection is ordered by price, from low to high, meaning there should be something for everyone among the 70-plus guitars featured here; more affordable electrics are made to a very high standard these days and shouldn’t be overlooked, even if you are lucky enough to have a generous budget. You’ll also find seasoned advice on finding and buying your dream guitar inside this guide: as well as a multi-point checklist for evaluating a guitar’s setup and build quality penned by gear editor Dave Burrluck, we’ve also got great tips and gear recommenda­tions from three top British retailers who share the benefit of their long, combined experience with readers inside. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read here, let us know as we may well extend the guide to include acoustics next time round if that’s what readers would like to see. Until then, we wish you the best of fortune in finding the ‘goldilocks’ guitar that is just right for you – and many years of playing pleasure, whatever your next purchase may be.

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